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Golden Adventure: Fosslized Tusk & Gold Nugget Ring


Very grand in scale, a Victorian era brooch has been converted to a most dramatic ring. Jewelry from this time period often incorporated natural organic material such as petrified wood, tortoiseshell and ivory. In addition, we can see how an event can impact on the style, design or materials used for an item of jewelry.

An oval cabochon of walrus ivory with striations of cocoa brown upon a field of color akin to burled wood and strikes of off white has been placed within a simple 14k yellow gold bezel. A surround of actual nuggets of yellow gold (top nuggets test around 20k with the underside about 10k) embrace the smooth cabochon.

California was the source of the 1848 gold rush in the United States. Discoveries lasted for years and, as a result a cottage industry emerged in the San Francisco area in which actual gold nuggets from those finds were incorporated into items of jewelry. The modern custom made 14k yellow gold mounting of shank and shoulders was designed to match and included gold nuggets as well.

Date: Top is circa 1860, mounting is modern.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1-1/2 of an inch (3.7 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 25.4 grams (16.3 dwt).

Ring Size: US 9-3/4 (UK T; Euro or Int. Circum. 61.4 mm; Int. Dia. 19.6 mm; Japan over 19) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Hallmarks: 14k.

Condition: Excellent; formerly a brooch converted to a ring.

Origin: Most likely American.

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